Thursday, March 23

2022 National Summit On Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme (Igba Boi) Concludes In Awka, As VP Osibanjo Lauds The Scheme

By Michael Dilibe (Umunna TV) 

The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, says the Igbo apprenticeship scheme ‘igba boi’ has become the most popular indigenous Nigerian economic model, globally recognized as the world’s largest business incubator.

The Vice President stated this on Thursday, 20th March, 2022, during the maiden annual National Summit on Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme, organized by Anambra Broadcasting Service in collaboration with the Awka Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, AWKACCIMA, in Awka.

Professor Osibanjo who joined virtually, said the scheme has the full potential to do for the Nigerian economy what similar apprenticeship schemes have done in other parts of the world especially in Germany and India, while describing the event as timely.

Commending the organizers of the event, Prof. Osibanjo expressed hope that the outcome of the summit will help improve, and reposition the Igbo apprenticeship scheme. 

With the theme of the summit Repositioning The Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme For Sustainable Economic Development,  the Keynote speaker and Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo recommended that the scheme should be institutionalized. 

Dr. Obiora made a case that ‘Ikwado Ogalanya’ should replace the name ‘Igba boi’ to appeal to the youths more. He proposed that the concept of ‘Apprenticepreneurship’ be adopted, in place of Igbo apprenticeship scheme as it reflects current trends. Dr. Okonkwo concluded that the event is apt, following the recent rise in drug abuse, get -rich – quick syndrome and other social vices among the youths. 

He said that to reposition‘Igba boi’ as apprenticepreneurship, that the youths who hold the future of the nation must begin to restore those time-honored values which saw the forebears become great entrepreneurs.

Earlier in his speech, the Convener of the summit, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Dr. Uche Nworah said the event is to bring to the fore at this time, the Igbo apprenticeship scheme which could be repositioned to help Nigeria battle various issues including unemployment, banditry, ethnic agitations among others.

In his speech, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda represented by Mr. Victor Ugwu, commended  ABS and AWKACCIMA for the programme, which according to him, serves as a new beginning for repositioning and expanding the laudable scheme for greater improvement of Nigerians economy.

Some of the panelist including the Chief Executive Officer of Komworld Cinemas, Mr. Kene Mkparu, the Director, Emeka Anyaoku Institute for International Studies and Diplomacy Unizik, Professor Au Nonyelu, Convener, Ogbako Umunna, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, Head of Mass communication Department, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam, Professor Angela Nwanmmuo, and Chairman Folio Group, Fidelis Anosike, among others gave their suggestions.

Some of the participants, including Chief Innocent Chialu from Awkuzu and Chief Theophilus Ikenwa from Ideani, commended the organizers of the event saying it will play significant role in the lives of the youths.

The event featured award presentation to Dr. Obiora Okonkwo as a pillar of Igba boi, Access Bank, United Bank of Africa, Nkeonyemetalu Farms SMEDAN and others for being proud sponsors of the summit.

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